February 18, 2020

Songs in the Wilderness

The Book of Psalms is a wilderness book. The final composition of Israel’s “hymnal” took place during and after the Babylonian Exile. In its final form, it stands as a book with a unified, coherent message; it is not simply a collection of songs and poems. The first two psalms introduce the book. Psalm 1 […]

Quotes For Lent

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness Quotes For Lent On one such occasion the Shepherd said to Much-Afraid, “When you continue your journey there may be much mist and cloud. Perhaps it may even seem as though everything you have seen here of the High Places was just a dream, or the work of […]

A Refuge in the Wilderness

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness A Refuge in the Wilderness • • • Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by. I cry to God Most High, to God who […]

Moving from Oasis to Oasis

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness Moving from Oasis to Oasis (Lee Adams) 1 How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty! 2 My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 3 Even the sparrow has found a home, and […]

“Christ the Living Water Infiltrating”

Because I have been away, the cabin has been unattended for a week. When I came in carrying my little propane heater, I saw the thin film of ice that forms in the low spot on my writing table was larger than usual, and I could not begin to write until I thawed it and […]

The King in the Wilderness

“David may be headed for a throne, but here he is still an empty-handed fugitive.” • Walter Brueggemann First and Second Samuel: Interpretation Commentary • • • Another classic collection of “wilderness” stories in the Bible tells about David fleeing from King Saul (1Samuel 21-26). These are adventure tales of the highest level, filled with […]

iMonk Classic: The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism (3)

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism, part 3 A classic Michael Spencer iMonk post from Nov. 2008 NOTE: On Sundays in Lent, we will run these classic essays from Michael Spencer on the evangelical wilderness. I am continuing my look at the sources of disillusionment within evangelicalism. This will […]

Addendum to the “OTD” Post

In this week’s post, OTD: Obsessed with Tornadoes Disorder, I did not give enough emphasis to the most important point. It came up in the comments and should be given more clarity. So today I want to state it loudly and unequivocally. • • • When thinking about God and how he relates to creation […]

Another Look: Surd Evil, Serpents, and the Cosmic Battle

By Chaplain Mike NOTE FROM CM: In the light of last week’s tragedies and some of our discussions, today we present an important post I first wrote two year ago. I have updated a few sentences and brought some of my comments up to date, but it is basically the same piece. I consider it […]

Abraham in the Wilderness

Lent 2012: A Journey Through the Wilderness Abraham in the Wilderness The story of Abraham and Isaac was on the lectionary this past Sunday.  It’s an appalling story.  We aren’t told how Abraham felt when he was commanded to sacrifice his hope in God’s promise.  But we can assume that he entered the wilderness not […]